In a December 28 letter "Redistribution of wealth would ruin the economy" the author condemned a letter of mine in which I suggested Americans live more in accordance with the teachings of Jesus -- specifically, his instruction to give all of our extraneous wealth to the poor.
Based upon his argument, which is reflected in the title, I suspect he thought I was defending government welfare programs.
I was not. I haven't done that for over 35 years.
When I cited Jesus' statement to the rich man to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor, I was urging those who profess to believe in Christianity to try to actually live as Jesus taught, instead of simply talking.
Just think, if each of us shared with the people around us everything that we have left over at the end of each day, we'd all be taken care of from "cradle to grave" without any need for government programs. We'd also establish strong, loving bonds with everyone in our communities, and discover the joys of being more complete humans, as many did on the Coast in Katrina's aftermath.
The extremely wealthy people could still have their huge houses and expensive cars and such, but a large portion of their investments for the future could be put to use building schools, hospitals, and all kinds of other helpful things. After all, with everyone taking care of everyone else, they'd still be assured of a "safe" future, no matter what happened.
Of course, Jesus was an idealist. However, although we can never attain the ideal, I think we would do ourselves a lot of good by striving to achieve it.
Until that happens, I still won't advocate government welfare programs, but I'll continue to refrain from opposing them.
WAYNE L. PARKER